OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder GM Sam Presti refutes that teams are 'tanking'

Presti said: “The records of the teams in the bottom four of the league are in line with those over the last 20 seasons. If anything, they are actually slightly above those averages. I’m missing the epidemic on this, really.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 12, 2014
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Thunder general manager Sam Presti shared some interesting comments Wednesday when asked about teams that might be intentionally losing to boost their draft position, a strategy commonly referred to as tanking.

“Oddly enough, I think it’s a narrative that was created to tweak the league office, and they are showing to be quite reflexive to it,” Presti told The Oklahoman. “I’m actually a bit surprised they have fed into it and devoted so much public energy to it given the lack of evidence. The records of the teams in the bottom four of the league are in line with those over the last 20 seasons. If anything, they are actually slightly above those averages. I’m missing the epidemic on this, really. I would hope we’d focus our attention on a lot of the great things our players are doing and that the league has in place now. Maybe we can get to the five-point shot in the off-season.”

Presti’s comment at the end of the casual conversation about a five-point shot is in reference to the league reportedly looking into the possibility of adding a 4-point shot. An NBA spokesman, however, released a statement refuting an ESPN.com report last month, saying no one from the league or the competition committee has had any serious conversations about adding a 4-point line.

“ESPN.com chose to make a story that doesn’t exist,” the spokesman said.

ADAMS ON GASOL

After a solid defensive performance on Houston All-Star center Dwight Howard, rookie center Steven Adams must now turn his attention back to Pau Gasol, the Lakers center who gave Adams and the Thunder fits Sunday in Los Angeles.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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